FreeBSD, pfsense and syslog-ng
One of the main strengths of syslog-ng is that it runs on many different architectures. Not just on Linux, but on most BSD variants, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and the Premium Edition also has clients for Windows and IBM System i. The platform I want to talk about now is FreeBSD. First of all, because it’s my favorite server platform, and also because FreeBSD users seem to like syslog-ng.
How do I know this? Some download statistics, some personal e-mails and also from forum messages:
- When we released the first alpha version of syslog-ng 3.4 and updated the sysutils/syslog-ng-devel port for it, I checked the source download statistics, and most of the downloads were initiated from FreeBSD systems.
- One of the major organizations supporting FreeBSD’s development asked us in private e-mail to enable SSL support by default in the syslog-ng port. Thanks to Cy, who maintains the package in FreeBSD ports, it’s enabled now, so the next time FreeBSD packages are built from ports, syslog-ng will have SSL support compiled in.
- Somebody asked for syslog-ng support in pfsense, a very nice FreeBSD based firewall distribution.
I used pfsense in the last couple of days, and I like it very much, as my Internet connection feels to be a lot faster now even without upgrading the line Once I have a little more time, I’ll check how difficult it would be to integrate syslog-ng into this nice firewall distribution.